In addition to the recertification requirements, those applying for Lifetime Certification must document experience at least 18 years of full-time professional (non-clerical, non-support) purchasing and supply management experience.
Applicants for Lifetime Certification should apply as soon as they are eligible.
Candidates will have already documented a certain amount of C.P.M. experience on their C.P.M. Original application so they do not need to document this particular experience again.
A C.P.M. meeting Lifetime Certification criteria in a current certificate period needs to earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) through the year in which they meet the requirements for Lifetime Certification, regardless of when they apply for the designation.
At least two-thirds of the CEHs must be educational in nature. One-third may be earned in the professional contributions category.
Applicants must submit documentation of CEHs earned, determined on a prorated basis, since their last certificate date. Please refer to the prorated scale below to determine the number of CEHs required:
|Years since Current Certification Period Began||CEHs Needed|
|1 year or less||21 CEHs|
|1 but less than 2 years||35 CEHs|
|2 but less than 3 years||56 CEHs|
|3 but less than 4 years||70 CEHs|
|4 but less than 5 years||84 CEHs|
Please note: Candidates whose certificates lapse for more than one year will not be allowed to recertify.